Faith and authority!
Scripture reading for January 10th: Matthew 8, Psalm 8, Prov. 8
Key Scriptures: Matthew 8:5-9 “When He had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to Him, appealing to Him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And He said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof, but only say the Word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Jesus Christ marveled at the confession of this Roman centurion. This man understood delegated authority and the power of one in authority. He knew that Jesus had authority to heal and deliver his servant. He also humbly recognized his own unworthiness before Jesus. So he asked Jesus to give the command and understood how that command would be sufficient. “Great faith!” was Jesus’ declaration when he heard the centurion’s faith request!
Faith’s confession: Jesus, I believe that You have authority to heal and deliver those who are sick or bound by disease. I believe that as Your disciple I have authority to ask You in faith for healing. (Action application: Ask Jesus for healing for yourself or someone you know who is hurting.)
Psalm 8:3-6 “When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Your have given him dominion over the works of Your hands; . .”